Lauren Schowe . Littleton, CO . 303-440-1310 . firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note: at present, as of August 2016, I am taking a sabbatical from homebirth attendance.
However, I continue to offer:
- Preconception counseling, including herbal education
- Prenatal and postpartum care to those planning a hospital birth but desiring midwifery-model care
- Childbirth education in preparation for homebirth
- Postpartum counseling
- Breastfeeding support
- Placental encapsulation and tincture
- Well-woman care, including herbal education
- Early childhood parenting consultations (private and group settings)
The placenta, or tree of life, is an amazing organ, which, since time immemorial, has held a sacred place in human life. Much of the rest of the mammalian world eats the placenta immediately after giving birth. Consuming the placenta postpartum helps prevent postpartum depression and hemorrhage and is a natural remedy for fatigue and anemia after giving birth. By preserving it, one can also use it far into the future for difficult or transition moments such as weaning and menopause. I can dehydrate and encapsulate your placenta, as well as create a mother tincture for you that will keep on giving. I include a cord keepsake for those who would like one. I can pick up and deliver, or you can come to me. Fees vary accordingly.
When not on sabbatical….
I offer comprehensive and holistic preconception and prenatal care, assistance of your homebirth, and postpartum care up to 6 weeks. You are welcome to ask me about a program I am currently designing that would include care and consultation through your child’s third year of life.
Prenatal care includes a visit of, on average, an hour once a month for the first 28 weeks, once every two weeks until 34 weeks, a home visit at around 36 weeks and a visit every week thereafter until you birth your baby. I am on call for you and available for phone calls during this time and certainly around your due date. Postpartum, I offer two home visits within the first five days and then additional visits every two weeks until about six weeks after your birth, including both well-baby care as well as postpartum support with breastfeeding and the mother’s general health.
The Midwifery Model of Care takes into account not only physical symptoms and measurements, but also social, psychological, emotional and spiritual factors, as all of these have equal weight on our lives and, as such, births. Nutritional counseling, information about what testing is available to you and your baby prenatally and postpartum, and what to have at home in preparation for your homebirth are only a few of the topics discussed at your visits, as we get to know each other through the journey of your gestation. I also like to incorporate – and round out care – with activities like birth art as well as movement, including pelvic muscle aid and position practice.
If you wish to know more about my services or discuss your upcoming birth plans, you may call or email me to set up a complimentary, obligation-free consultation:
Lauren Schowe, CPM, RM